Net neutrality is the principle that ISPs and governments treat all Web traffic the same. A worthy goal.
The rules that Mr. Obama wants in place to make this happen put the Internet under government control, essentially making it a public utility. An alarming result.
Telecoms do have too much power, but do we really want to turn that power over to the government? At least Telecoms have to answer to the public in some way.
Will the government run it as well as they ran healthcare.gov? The answer is a resounding “YES!”
Telecoms have gotten too powerful because of crony capitalism. We can expect more of that with the government in charge.
If you thought the Fourth Amendment was in danger before, think about how that will go once the government has control over the Internet.
The government, unfortunately is slow, inefficient and it is definitely not benevolent. It’s a voracious monster seeking more and more power, more and more control. There is never enough.
Mr. Obama said his FCC regulations will keep the Internet ‘free and open’. In actuality, they will allow the government to dictate how web traffic flows and they will be able to authorize paid fast lanes on the Internet.
Web providers will allegedly have to redistribute all Internet service as if all sites were equal.
While claiming they don’t want the Internet to pick winners and losers, which Mr. Obama does all the time, the government will be able to pick winners and losers if they choose to do so.
Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which is the rule in question, has more than 100 pages of regulations that common carriers must follow to ensure they act “in the public interest.” Section 706 is two paragraphs long.
Section 706 would give the FCC the authority to regulate ISPs to “promote competition in the local telecommunications market” and “remove barriers to infrastructure investment.”
With Title II, the second subsection (202) clearly states that common carriers can’t “make any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services.”
The FCC’s plan allows companies to pay ISPs for preferential treatment. So much for net neutrality.
Obama was clear on his commitment to Title II, saying that broadband should be reclassified under the act “while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services.”
Net neutrality puts government in charge of determining pricing, terms of service, and what products can be delivered, hence it becomes a public utility. There will be nothing free and open about it. It’s socialism for the Internet.
Haven’t people had enough of that yet?
Don’t let the government and politicians decide the fate of the Internet. Let the market decide.